The Ravens had their bye in Week 10, but they’re even healthier now than they were after the extended time off.
Head Coach John Harbaugh said the Ravens set a personal record last week for good health since the season started. They broke that high mark this week.
“I do feel good about it. It’s probably the first time we’ve been this healthy,” Harbaugh said.
As opposed to earlier this season, when the Ravens were pulling players up from their practice squad, signing some off the street and grabbing them off waivers, Baltimore now has to decide which healthy players will suit up for gamedays and who will be inactive.
Last week, wide receiver/returner Michael Campanaro and running back Terrence West were both healthy scratches while fellow wideout Breshad Perriman suited up. It’s a good problem to have, but a week-to-week dilemma for the coaches when the team is this healthy.
“I feel bad for a few guys that really want to play, that deserve to play, and aren’t going to get to play,” Harbaugh said. “But, that’s different from what we had the rest of the year. So, we feel good about that.”
Alex Collins Looking Good After Two Full Practices
Lead running back Alex Collins raised some concern in Baltimore when he didn’t practice Wednesday because of a calf injury.
He seems fine now though, as he practiced fully Thursday and Friday and is listed as questionable to play.
Collins leads the Ravens with 630 yards rushing this season. He’s seventh in the league in yards per attempt at 4.9, and has shown more ability as a pass catcher in recent weeks.
After not scoring a touchdown in the first half of the season, he has reached the end zone in each of the Ravens’ past two games.
Monday Night Football Injuries Aren’t an Issue
The Ravens had some other scares and bumps and bruises coming out of a physical game against the Houston Texans on Monday Night Football, but they don’t seem to be a problem moving forward.
Inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (ankle), tackle Ronnie Stanley (knee) and rookie first-round cornerback Marlon Humphrey (thigh) are all questionable.
Mosley was limited in practice throughout the week. Though he came off limping near the end of Monday’s game, Harbaugh said the Pro Bowler was fine.
Stanley heard a “pop” in his knee, and feared a torn ACL, but returned soon after and practiced fully Thursday and Friday this week.
Humphrey, who only played seven defensive snaps against the Texans because of a minor thigh injury, was a limited practice participant Wednesday and Thursday but full Friday.
Cornerback Jimmy Smith has been dealing with Achilles soreness throughout the season and was limited in practice throughout the week and also questionable.
The Ravens’ only other injured player is rookie guard/tackle Jermaine Eluemunor, who has been ruled out because of a shoulder injury that held him out of practice throughout the week.
Matthew Stafford Has Recovered, But His Offensive Line Hasn’t
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford’s ankle was tweaked on Thanksgiving, but it appears he has made a full recovery.
Stafford was a full practice participant throughout the week and the Lions didn’t bother putting a status on him for Sunday’s game, showing that he will clearly play.
Stafford finished the Lions’ Thanksgiving game against the Minnesota Vikings but was clearly limping. He threw a game-sealing interception in the final minutes.
The Lions do have some other injury concerns on offense, however.
Starting center Travis Swanson has been ruled out because of a knee injury. Starting running back Ameer Abdullah and starting guard T.J. Lang are both questionable. They both missed practice Wednesday and Thursday, and returned on a limited basis Friday.
Swanson and Lang don’t have backups on the Lions’ unofficial depth chart.
Here’s the Ravens’ full injury report.